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Dinner near ROM?

rstuart Apr 30, 2012 08:58 AM

I'm seeing a Hot Docs movie on Thursday night at the ROM, and we wanted to grab dinner before it. Nowhere too expensive, but we'd like to actually sit down to eat.. any suggestions?

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  1. TorontoJo RE: rstuart Apr 30, 2012 09:25 AM

    How about Yummy Yummy Dumplings? Casual, but it's sit down and super close:


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      TorontoJo RE: TorontoJo Apr 30, 2012 09:30 AM

      Ugh, please ignore my post. I'm thinking AGO, not ROM.

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        rstuart RE: TorontoJo Apr 30, 2012 12:13 PM

        I know... AGO has so many good food options around it!

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      Judith Gorman RE: rstuart Apr 30, 2012 09:28 AM

      There are several Japanese options nearby. Sushi Inn on Cumberland and Asuka on Yorkville come to mind. I prefer Asuka but it is probably a little more costly. There is Hung Pho across from the ROM for Vietnamese, but the quality is hit and miss.
      Judith Gorman

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        rstuart RE: Judith Gorman Apr 30, 2012 12:14 PM

        Thanks Judith. I'm not the biggest sushi fan, but I find that most sushi places have other options...

      2. prima RE: rstuart Apr 30, 2012 11:31 AM

        Within a 5 minute walk:
        La Societe- mixed reviews, but some hounds have liked it. I haven't been.

        Within a 10 minute walk:
        the Coffee Mill
        Bar Mercurio on Bloor
        L'Unita on Avenue Rd
        I've been meaning to try Creme Brasserie in Renaissance Court and Mideastro.

        Within a 12-15 minute walk of the ROM:
        The Harbord St restaurants- 93 Harbord, Loire, Tati, Harbord Room and the Boulevard Cafe
        Tati and Loire have some reasonably priced prix fixe menus. I'd probably walk to Harbord St, to get a little more bang for the buck.

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          justxpete RE: prima Apr 30, 2012 11:59 AM

          Harbord Room +1.

          Had a nice meal their on Friday.

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            rstuart RE: justxpete Apr 30, 2012 12:16 PM

            I did look at La Societe, but it seemed a bit pricy. On the other hand, I have been wanting to try some of those Harbord St options for quite a while... this might be the perfect opportunity!
            Thanks all....

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              juno RE: rstuart Apr 30, 2012 01:30 PM

              If you're at all price-sensitive, your best bet is the aforementioned Coffee Mill, a tasty Hungarian joint off Bloor St. - and a short walk to the ROM. It helps if you like schnitzels. Soups are also pretty good. The Harbord St. restaurants are a bit of a hike to the ROM, but if you're feeling frisky enough to walk it, you'll do nicely there (at a substantial price jump from the Coffee Mill) at just about any of the places mentioned. I like Harbord Room and, more downscale, the pub-like Harbord House, which does comfort food respectably.

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                rstuart RE: juno Apr 30, 2012 06:44 PM

                Yes, I haven't been to the Coffee Mill for years.. but really enjoyed it when I last went. I have sent the suggestions to my movie companion.. will have to see what she wants!

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                  rstuart RE: rstuart May 1, 2012 10:12 AM

                  Thanks all.. we're going to Tati!

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                    prima RE: rstuart May 15, 2012 12:21 PM

                    How was it? What did you order? ;-)

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                      rstuart RE: prima May 15, 2012 12:26 PM

                      It was really great! My friend had the prix fixe... she had the beet salad, pasta special (I can't remember what it was but she loved it and had every drop!), and the lemon tart. I had a green salad and the pissaladiere...
                      We really enjoyed it, and I'd like to go back for brunch soon...

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